Yare the Sloth – my BFF

Yare (pronounced YAR-eh) was by far my favorite sloth. He is about 1 yr old. Sloths stay with their mom until they are about 1.5 years, so Yare still needs to be taken care of. At first, Yare did not like me. It was quite the challenge to get him from his enclosure to the sloth garden for the day. But I kept talking to him and visiting him, and by my 3rd week, when I came for him he would reach out to me and climb right onto my front 🙂 At one point when it was pouring rain, I had the horrible job of having to cuddle him to keep him warm until the rain subsided 🙂


Super quick update

it has only been a couple weeks since I realized my protein/iron/sodium/something something issues, and I am already feeling a little better. On top of that, I have a lovely cough/cold of some sort, so this must be a good sign.

I have incorporated red meat into my diet temporarily, as well as protein shakes (usually only 1/2 serving at a time). I’ve been a little more diligent in my daily multivitamin. I have also upped the veggies, beans, and legumes.

I also put in a nice strength workout on Monday… Just the basics: squats, deadlifts, barbell rows, upright rows, and chest press. My hamstrings have been sore since Monday (it’s thursday today), but my trail run last night felt better than the last 3 weeks!

This is very early to tell if this is truly a sign of success, but gosh darnit – I’m excited!

Aaaand… they’re off!

jen gets another  F on blog updates. sorry about that. if john can do a once a week update, i should be able to as well… right?

anyway, onto the awesome topic at hand:

Afton & Janelle are off to do their Hervis Half Marathon in Prague! For both lovely ladies, it is their first 21k. Janelle trained solo while she travels in Europe (including the Russian winter cold snap just a couple weeks ago), and I ran with Afton here in Calgary on Sundays. How exciting, to pass on the awesome support that I got from John, Joy, Jodi, Allyson, and Carol to Afton (and Janelle a teeny bit, too). I have definitely missed that Saturday Morning Running Gang, but all for good cause.

Sunday was Afton’s last “long run”. We knocked off 11k in the strangely foggy morning around Eau Claire, and got to test out the new Peace Bridge – twice!

Afton on the Peace Bridge

In other unrelated news, I am mentally preparing for my “race” season. I run my very first trail race (5 peaks) @ COP on Sun, May 21… and then run the Calgary half Marathon the following weekend! 10k trail run followed by 21k pavement run. Not gonna lie, I’m worried that I might be bored on pavement after I start running on an exciting rooty, rocky, dirty trail. But, the silver lining… I have new running shoes for both running-genres! And both have NEON YELLOW! AND I got my new Adizero Boston’s from the Honolulu Expo for $60 – the posted price @ The Tech Shop for the exact same runners is $144! As for my trail shoes, I ended up getting a pair from last season, so they were almost $30 off. Win win for Jen.

See you out there!!